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The 'British jihad' and the curves of religious violence

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Bhatt, Chetan

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Abstract In exploring anti-civilian violence and alleged plots undertaken in the UK by small groups often termed ‘salafi-jihadi’ and popularly called ‘terrorists’, the essay attempts to present alternative routes of analysis. The violent events or plots seen recently in the UK present a political and sociological form that is different to state-centric and transnational migrant politics, including political Islam and communitarian Muslim identity politics. The discussion of events in the UK extends to an analysis of a systematic pattern of association between youths in the UK and Pakistani militias operating in Kashmir. The origins and ideologies of the militias are explored and the dynamics of the militia movements in relation to UK events are considered.
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Social Psychology
Free Keywords Al Qaeda; terrorism; Dhiren Barot; Lashkar-e Tayyiba; Harakat-ul Mujahideen; Jaish-e Mohammed
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 39-59
Journal Ethnic and Racial Studies, 33 (2010) 1
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)